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Meet Your Neighbor

Read more about your neighbors featured in the latest issue of

Minerva Park Community Association Newsletter

Meet Alice Paugh. Prior to becoming a resident of Minerva Park, Alice came here as a child to visit her grandparents. They were one of the first to build in the Village on Maplewood Rd. Alice remembers spending a lot of time exploring the nearby ravine. 

Alice is a Columbus native, spending her early life in the Linden area, a member of the first graduating class of Linden-McKinley High School and then graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in fashion.  She was present at the 1950 Ohio State versus Michigan “snow bowl” game.

She and her husband bought their house on Minerva Lake Rd.  in 1967 raising four children here. She remembers more trees and more wildlife back then. Their new home came with a couple of racoons!  The village was full of children, and it felt quite safe to have the kids roam the neighborhood. She was grateful for the pool which offered swimming lessons – and all her kids learned to swim.  Now that she has attained the grand age of 96, her son lives with her, and a daughter also lends support.  

Alice started working at the Columbus Cancer Clinic as a bookkeeper part time. She was promoted to assistant director and when she retired in 1994, she was the Director. At that time, they offered food, medical supplies, transportation to Dr's visits, a mobile mammography unit, support groups meetings and more. She joined a Cancer Ray, which merged with a non-academic sorority Phi Beta Psi. For 72 years raising money for Cancer research and patient support. She is still active with the group today.

Finally, Alice wishes the Village would plant more trees to replace all the ash trees we lost to the ash borer and hopes to see the remediation of the North Lake. 


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